The independent resource on global security

Statutes

The following Statutes were adopted by the Swedish Government on 19 May and entered into force on 1 June 1994. They were then amended in 1995 to take effect as of financial year 1997.

  • §1

    The Foundation, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, consists of the funds which the Swedish Parliament or other bodies allocate for the purpose described in §2.

  • §2

    In accordance with the guidelines for the allocation of funds which the Swedish Parliament has approved in pursuance to Government Bills 1966:76 and 1979/80:106, the purpose of the Foundation is to conduct scientific research on questions of conflict and co-operation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace.

  • §3

    The Foundation shall be headed by a Governing Board consisting of a Chairman, the Director of the Institute, and six to eight other members. The Governing Board shall appoint a Vice-Chairman from among its members. The Chairman and all other members of the Governing Board except the Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a term not exceeding five years, after candidates have been nominated by the Governing Board, the Research Staff Collegium and the Staff Unions. Their appointments may be renewed once, for up to five years.

  • §4

    The seat of the Governing Board shall be in Stockholm.

  • §5

    At the Foundation there shall be a Director of the Institute, who is the Head of the Institute, a Deputy Director and researchers and other staff as required, according to the funds available. The researchers should be recruited from different geographical regions.

  • §6

    The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a term not exceeding five years, after candidates have been nominated by the Governing Board, the Research Staff Collegium and the Staff Unions. The appointment may be renewed once, for up to five years. The terms of employment attached to the appointment of Director of the Institute are to be determined in consultation with the Government or an authority nominated by the Government for the purpose. The Deputy Director shall be appointed by the Governing Board.

  • §7

    The Foundation shall have an Advisory Committee as a consultative body. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Governing Board and should come from different geographical regions.

  • §8

    The Governing Board shall decide important matters concerning the activities, organization and financial administration. Matters not to be decided by the Governing Board shall be decided by the Director of the Institute.

  • §9

    At the Foundation there shall be Rules of Procedure approved by the Governing Board.

  • §10

    The Foundation shall have a Research Staff Collegium. The members of this Collegium shall comprise the Director of the Institute and the researchers and research assistants attached to the Foundation. The Director of the Institute shall be the Chairman of the Collegium.

    The Research Staff Collegium shall prepare matters which are to be decided by the Governing Board or the Director of the Institute and which relate to the planning and conduct of the Foundation's research activities and to the dissemination of research findings.

  • §11

    Governing Board meetings shall be summoned by the Chairman at his discretion or at the request of at least four members.

    Half the number of members shall constitute a quorum of the Governing Board.

    Governing Board decisions shall be taken by simple majority. When the voting is even, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

  • §12

    Minutes are to be kept of Governing Board meetings. The minutes shall show which Board members were present, the decisions taken by the Board, as well as dissenting opinions on the part of Board members. The minutes shall be approved by the Chairman and one other member of the Governing Board.

  • §13

    The fiscal year of the Foundation shall run from 1st January to 31st December.

  • §14

    An annual financial statement, including the annual closing of the books and report of activities, shall be produced for each fiscal year.

  • §15

    The administration of the Foundation by the Governing Board and the Director of the Institute, as well as the accounts of the Foundation, shall be examined annually by two auditors. The auditors shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a period of five fiscal years.

  • §16

    An annual financial statement and auditors' report shall be submitted before the 1st of March each year to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

  • §17

    The Foundation is exempted from inspection according to the Act (1929:116) on the inspection of foundations.